To celebrate Interfaith Week, we’ll be publishing a series of interviews with couples from Tampa Bay (and beyond) in the coming month to raise awareness about the importance of interfaith and inter-religious dialogue – especially within the family.
First up, Anthony and Jennifer.
UPDATE: Since Anthony and Jennifer met in an anonymous recovery program, their names have been changed to protect their identities. In fact, this is not a photo of Anthony and Jennifer. However, we assure you, Anthony and Jennifer are a real couple, living in the Tampa Bay Area.
What is your full name?
What is your occupation?
Freelance marketing geek.
How did you meet your partner?
We became friends in an anonymous recovery group.
Are you married?
A boy can dream.
With what religion or faith do you identify?
On a scale of 1-5 (1 being the least), how seriously do you take your personal faith or philosophy?
Has your relationship been tested by your partner having a different set of values or beliefs than your own? Can you give examples?
Only speaking for myself, the relationship really hasn’t been tested on that basis.
How has your relationship been made stronger by your partner having a different set of values or beliefs than your own?
Yes, I think it has. I have a deep respect for her beliefs and she is highly committed to honoring the God that she believes in. This commitment of hers and the multiple daily prayers that accompany it are a reminder to me of her strong foundation, her insanely rich capacity for empathy and her will to do what is right. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I am so completely and stupidly in love with her. Continue reading